This year was supposed to be the year Buffalo turned things around. Instead things could not being going much worse for the Sabres right about now and this past weekend was no help.
The Sabres lost both games this past weekend to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 3-0. That’s right, they were shutout twice in back to back games and it was ugly. Buffalo has now lost 7 out of their last 9 games after this weekends series and currently sit in last place in the East division.
Which brings me to the point of this blog…Captain and former 2nd overall pick Jack Eichel could be on his way out of Buffalo. His name was brought up in rumors over the offseason but the Sabres maintained that he was their guy and they had no intentions of moving him. Now, just because they don’t plan on moving him there’s nothing stopping Eichel from asking to be moved. Quite frankly at this point could you even blame the guy for wanting out? This offseason they were able to bring in Taylor Hall who was supposed to elevate the play of Eichel and so far thats only resulted in 1 goal for Taylor Hall which came back in the first game of the season. Eichel hasn’t faired much better as he only has two goals so far this year. Granted both guys are putting up decent assist numbers but they’re paid to score goals and help the team win which isn’t happening.
Look I’m not saying that Eichel and Hall are the reason for the Sabres struggles but they should be playing better. Their defensive pairings have been lackluster to say the least and their goaltending has been a dumpster fire. All of this could end up with the Sabres going into a full rebuild mode sooner rather than later. Hall is only on a one year deal so he could definitely be moved at the deadline. As for Eichel his situation is a little more tricky.
There will be teams that will be calling the Sabres in regards to Eichel but the odds of a deal getting done mid season for this high caliber player are pretty low. That being said its not impossible for something to get done and I expect some big name teams to make some calls. The biggest issue for a deal to happen would be his $10 million dollar cap hit. A team would have to be willing to part with a big name player in order to make an Eichel move possible. Whenever a deal does become possible expect the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins to be key players.
It will be interesting to see what other teams make the call regarding the 24 year old superstar.
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